The head gasket went at 132,000 miles, so I went ahead and rebuilt the engine myself. I installed all new bearings, rings, gaskets, water pump, timing belt, and hoses. I did all of this for less than 500 dollars including machine work.
The turbocharger started to smoke a bit at 140,000 miles. I was able to get it rebuilt with a new cartridge for 318 dollars.
The starter died on it at 135,000 miles. I tried to start it when the temperature was at -20 one January morning.
The alternator went at 166,000 miles. It took less than 20 minutes to replace.
The factory CD player went shortly after I bought the car, and the rest of the stereo system went about two months ago.
Tires and brakes have been replaced of course.
I can't complain about this car since I bought it an auction for 550 dollars. I payed so little for it because it had a rip in the convertible top. I have less than 2000 dollars in the car, including a new top and rear window.
This car doesn't have bad acceleration, in fact I can outrun almost any car that was made around the same time it was manufactured. I have driven it in the mountains, and it has no problems there either.
This car is reasonably comfortable on long trips.
It is also fuel efficient, averaging 24 miles per gallon around town, and 30 on the highway. These mileage figures are with hard driving around town, and average speeds of 75 or more miles per hour on the open road.
14th Oct 2006, 16:31
Hey guys, it's me again. I hope you all get this. I tried your emails, but was unsuccessful. The wiring is all back there. Most of it is taped away in the back corner closest to the passenger side. My best advice is make sure you take the whole center area out where everything was like the radio and or tape deck. Doing this will maximize room and make the job 1000 times easier. If you need more help, my email is email@example.com